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The University of Southampton

International research award for Southampton professor

Published: 28 November 2023
Head and shoulders of man
Professor Chris Brown

The University of Southampton’s Professor Chris Brown has received a prestigious international award in recognition of his world-leading and influential research work.

Professor Brown, Head of the Education School and Professor of Education, has been awarded a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

About 20 of these awards are made worldwide each year to scientists and scholars who are internationally renowned in their fields.

Professor Brown’s award recognises his work on educational leaders, educational networks and teacher development. In particular, how networks within and between schools can enable educational innovation to be harnessed by teachers, often to the benefit of students from deprived communities.

The prize supports deeper collaboration with German academics, with the Humboldt Foundation providing travel funding to foster future collaborations.   

Professor Brown said: “I’m thrilled to receive this international award, it’s a fantastic recognition of my work, of the field of education research, and of the University of Southampton.

“I will use the award as a springboard for larger European studies in order to gain a deeper and broader understanding of how networks can service disadvantaged communities across the European context.”  

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